HLHS Articles

A Beacon would burn on Halliwell Dean

"ALLO…ALLO…ALLO…AND WHAT’S ALL THIS ‘ERE THEN?" Though these may not have been the actual words, there was no mistaking the "fierce greeting" in the policeman’s voice, as he stopped me with the palm of his hand a few inches from my face, at the Knowsley Street and St. George’s Road

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‘Completely Lanky’ – A Halliwell Postscript

A message to all true Lancastrians and followers of the Red Rose. Your bookcase is not fulfilled unless you have a copy of Dave Dutton’s ‘Completely Lanky’ nestling proudly alongside your Encyclopaedia, Dictionary and the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Described as a comic guide to the Lancashire Lingo, it

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A line of descent, Sir David Attenborough

Some time ago the Daily Telegraph, in its Weekend Section has been publishing a series of articles by Nick Barratt outlining the family history of certain celebrities including Andrew Flintoff the cricketer, Sir Patrick Moore the astronomer and Kate Moss the model. Of particular interest to Boltonians is the history

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Colliers Row School – Snippets from the School Log

1880. The keen interest shown by Mr. Richard Ainsworth of Moss Bank, in the education of the children of Halliwell, was likewise shown by his sons Peter and John Horrocks Ainsworth who conveyed a plot of land adjoining the highway from Horwich to Belmont on Smithills Dean in the township

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Coming Home

It was a cold, wet, miserable day; you know the kind we have come to expect in December. The date was the 16th and the year 1947, just after the Second World War. A bus arrived at the Labour Exchange on Great Moor Street. This was no ordinary busload of

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Crompton Way Opening

Crompton Way Opening was a special occassion. Place holder text: Halliwell is an area which lies roughly to the north of Bolton in Lancashire and is now just a suburb of that town with rather flexible boundaries depending on what suits the local authority on that particular day when some

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Don Buttress sheds light on the Whitworth Hall

Our thanks for the next article must go to The Revd Eric Ogden who saw a reference to the church of the Saviour, Bolton in an issue of The Little Piecer and wrote as follows: – I enclose for you copies of two pages from Manchester University’s ‘Communication’ for May

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Early Schooling in Halliwell

Early schooling in Halliwell – taken from the papers of the late Derek Billington ( Schools in the eighteenth century underwent a fair amount of damage at the hands of scholars and the elements, as indeed they do to this day. In 1739 when Smithills Hall was responsible for providing

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